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What Is a University Policy?

A University policy states the University’s position on a particular issue. A University policy connects the University’s mission to the everyday actions of its community and clarifies the institution’s expectations of its individual members.

University policies meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have broad application throughout the University
  • Help achieve compliance with applicable law and regulations, promote operational efficiencies, support the University’s mission and/or reduce institutional risks
  • Mandate actions or constraints and, where necessary, reference specific procedures for compliance
  • Have been approved by the Policy Approvers

There are certain policies that only apply to portions of the University community and do not meet all of the above criteria. These may be departmental, office or school policies. The policy library will not contain these policies.

Separate, detailed instructions or procedures necessary to comply with a University policy are not included within the policy itself. Instead, procedures are maintained separately on the webpage of the policy’s responsible office and are accessible through a link included in the text of the policy. Likewise, the webpage of the responsible office should include a link to the policy. Access to the procedures behind the policies is intended to be limited to those who have responsibility for those areas. 

A University policy does not include the text of applicable law and regulations. When this information is necessary for compliance with the policy, it is accessible from links within the policy.

New policies will be added as operations change and the University responds to doing business in an ever-changing world. Your feedback and suggestions on how this tool can be more useful are welcome. 

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